Drone technology is becoming more and more popular in recent years after being used in policing, farming, science and a number of other industries; however, has it just found another use in the shape of football?
Bristol City haven’t had the best of seasons so far and find themselves struggling towards the bottom of the Championship but are looking towards drone technology to turn their fortunes around. Lee Johnson, current manager, has said that it helps both his players and staff to gain a new vantage point when looking at tactics. The training pitch is being seen from a number of new angles which is said to be helping all involved as they look to climb the table.
Mark Ashton, Operating Chief at the club, has said “this industry is evolving and we have to move with it”. Ashton is supportive of the idea and happy that the manager is taking positive steps in order to progress in English football’s second tier. The club are now using this relatively new technology to analyse matches and individual player performances too. The main aim at Bristol City is said to be “creating a learning environment” and the drone is helping them to do just that.
Bristol City aren’t the only team to be using this technology though as Roberto Martinez, Everton manager, has also spoken openly about the advantages of using such a system. The Premier League club has said that it gives them new ways of looking into tactics in detail for the players and for the staff.
Lee Johnson was only appointed manager of Bristol City in early February but is already making a difference and their upturn in form has been dramatic; this was most recently seen as they smashed their way past bottom club Bolton Wanderers six goals to nil. City have won 5 of their last ten games whilst also drawing one and losing four meaning that they are now six points clear of the final relegation spot. Bristol City aren’t yet safe but with time running out for the bottom clubs, they will be looking to secure their safety in the coming weeks. If they do survive, a lot of the credit will go to Lee Johnson and could possibly see the introduction of drone technology across English football.